The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act President Obama signed on March 23, 2010, set in motion a wide range of healthcare reforms. Although many of its more sweeping changes won’t be fully activated until 2014, several key elements already went live in September 2010.
If you have employer-provided health insurance that runs on a calendar year, this means those new features finally kicked in on Jan. 1, 2011. If you have individual coverage, you may have already seen the changes; if your plan’s fiscal year starts later, you may have to wait awhile longer. Here are a few noteworthy changes: